Post-2015 Development Agenda

The United Nations is leading a global process called “Post-2015 development agenda”. People all over the world, from governments to civil society organisations and businesses are debating what the future global development priorities should be after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.

Globally the Post-2015 process has included consultations with governments, civil society organizations, private sector, academia and other stakeholders. The final decisions on the goals, targets and indicators will be made by the UN Member States at the UN General Assembly in September 2015.

MY World 

MY World is a global UN survey asking people all over the world to choose their development priorities. By September 2014, over 5 million people have participated in the MY World survey through paper ballots, via SMS/mobile phones or on the internet. Votes, to be collected until 2015, will be used to guide global decision-makers in the formulation of the post-2015 development agenda.

The top three priorities for Bhutanese voters as of September 2014 were: good education, better healthcare and better job opportunities.

You can vote or see the results for Bhutan on the MY World website.

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Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Secretary-General of Tarayana Foundation, Chime P Wangdi and Her Majesty Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck filling the MY World survey. Photo: UN Bhutan/Riikka Suhonen

Post-2015 national consultations in Bhutan

Between February and April 2013, the UN System in Bhutan, in partnership with the GNH Commission Secretariat and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs organized a series of national consultations. These consultations consisted of televised panel consultations at the regional level, two national consultations in the capital,  an online discussion and individual interviews.

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Interviewing for the post-2015 consultations in Bhutan.

The final report “The Bhutanese Voice – The Future We Want for All: Well-Being and Happiness” (pdf, 1MB) stresses the importance of GNH thinking, among other things placing happiness as the ultimate goal for development and the need for equity and sustainability. The concerns raised by the participants of the consultations are classified into five key areas:

  • Equity and Support for Vulnerable People
  • Equitable and Sustainable Development
  • Good Governance
  • Universal Responsibility
  • Holistic Education
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Download the Post-2015 national consultations report (pdf, 1MB)

New Development Paradigm

Bhutan’s approach to development is based on the principles of Gross National Happiness (GNH): assessing development of the country holistically, with people’s happiness as the ultimate goal. Bhutan’s New Development Paradigm (NDP) initiative was established by His Majesty the King of Bhutan in July 2012 to link GNH with the ongoing discussions on the post-2015 development agenda.

In July 2011, Bhutan tabled a proposition at the UN General Assembly titled “Happiness: Towards a holistic approach to development”. This UN Resolution 65/309 was co-sponsored by 68 countries and adopted by consensus. Following this, on April 2, 2012, the Royal Government of Bhutan hosted a High-Level Meeting on Wellbeing & Happiness: Towards a New Economic Paradigm at UN Headquarters in New York. Over 800 distinguished guests, including the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, attended. At this meeting, Bhutan was requested to frame a ‘new development paradigm’ based on human happiness and the wellbeing of all life forms as the ultimate goals for development.

In December 2013, the report “Happiness: Towards a New Development Paradigm” (pdf, 2,5MB) was submitted by Bhutan to the Secretary-General of the UN, the president of the 68th session of the UN General Assembly, and the UNDP Administrator. The report was prepared by the NDP Secretariat, drawing on many insights and contributions made by the 71-member International Expert Working Group and the Steering Committee.

Post-2015 consultation process and its results in Bhutan (June 3, 2014)

Videos by the Bhutan Broadcasting Service on the Post-2015 development agenda:

Websites on Post-2015:

  • Sustainable Development Solutions Network – Post-15 Processes
  • Launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in August 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) mobilizes scientific and technical expertise from academia, civil society, and the private sector in support of sustainable development.
  • Secretariat for the New Development Paradigm
  • Bhutan’s New Development Paradigm (NDP) initiative (2012-2014), grounded in the principles of Gross National Happiness, is part of the worldwide effort to help define a new post-2015 global development agenda